Worms in Dogs

Why are there often worms in dogs poo?

We use the term ‘worms in dogs’ to talk about a variety of different internal parasites which our dogs can pick up.

Owners can buy treatments for worms in dogs from pet shops and veterinary practices and should use them regularly. Responsible pet care and regular worming treatments go hand in hand.

There are two types of infections of worms in dogs which are common. They are known as roundworms and tapeworms.

Unfortunately, roundworms are very hard to avoid as many puppies are infected at birth. This underlines the importance of regular worming, especially for puppies. always ask when you get a puppy if it has been “wormed” several times.

Whilst roundworms will not show symptoms in some dogs, they can have much more serious consequences than other worms in dogs. Mature roundworms live in the intestines, where they feed on the contents. This means that they eat your dog’s food. In cases of serious infection, there can be several roundworms living inside a dog at once. It isn’t surprising to find a heavily infested dog can be malnourished, lacking in energy and displaying a dull coat.

Inside adult dogs, roundworms may remain dormant in cysts inside the muscles. They then awaken in times of stress. Very commonly, pregnancy awakens them and the larvae migrate around the body, infecting the unborn puppies. Even giving the mother dog worm treatment will not get rid of the worms in the unborn puppies. This is why worms in dogs are such a big problem to new born puppies.

mature worms release eggs which are passed in the dog’s faeces leading soil to become contaminated. Then other animals ingest the worms when snuffling in the soil. Toxocara Canis is the most common roundworm and it can infect children when they come into contact with the eggs playing in contaminated soil. The worm larvae may then migrate around the child’s body and can cause serious and permanent damage to eyesight if they reach the back of teh retina. Regular treatment for worms in dogs is therefore vital for responsible dog ownership.

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